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Posted by Andre Kindness on September 30, 2010
Carrying on from my thoughts in Part 1: It’s time to start deploying purely standards-based infrastructure outside the data center; data center protocols are just starting to be created for a converged and virtualized world. With the amount of tested and deployed standards protocols, there’s no excuse for networks to be locked in to a certain vendor with proprietary protocols when standards-based network solutions provide access to compelling volume economics, flexibility to adapt a much wider array of solutions, and relief from hiring specialized talent to run a science project. Although many organizations understand that standards-based networking provides them with the flexibility to choose from the best available solutions at a lower cost of ownership, they still feel trapped. Listed below are three top shackles and the keys to open them up:
Overall, enterprises who have moved their networks over indicated that the upfront hurdles associated with the switchover were less than expected, and that the benefits of avoiding lock-in, leveraging skills from a more widely supported population, and architectural flexibility were more liberating than expected.
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